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Wednesday, September 09, 2009 

Paul Levitz resigns as DC's president

Wow, here's a stunning announcement (via CBR). Paul Levitz, long a contributor to DC Comics since the early 1970s is resigning as the company president. He's still going to be writing comics for them, returning to a role he'd maintained when he first began (he was the original creator of the Bronze Age Huntress with Joe Staton).

I can't feel too sorry to see him step down. After all, as head honcho, he is responsible on his part for handing Dan DiDio the keys to the kingdom, and leading to only so much damage to the universe of comics superherodom he'd been entrusted with all these years, which has precipitated declines in sales. If he cannot draw the line and rein in the editor, something I'd think he had the power to do, then he's not fit for the job of company president. I do think that when he was a writer years before, contributing to Earth-2 stories and the Legion of Super-Heroes, he did a pretty good job, but as head of a company, he fumbled badly.

The new president at DC is Diane Nelson. We can only hope that her ascension will signal some future improvements at DC Comics, but it won't come overnight. Only time will tell.

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